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Encyclopedia > Lee Smith (baseball)
Lee Smith
Relief Pitcher
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1980 for the Chicago Cubs
Final game
July 2, 1997 for the Montreal Expos
Career statistics
Record     71–92
ERA     3.03
Saves     478
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Lee Arthur Smith (born December 4, 1957) is a former American Major League Baseball relief pitcher. As a closer, Smith's 478 saves were the most all-time until current San Diego Padres relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman broke his record on September 24, 2006. Smith also set the career record for games finished, he ranks eighth on the all-time list for career games pitched in, as of the conclusion of the 2006 season. In his 18-year career from 1980 through 1997, Smith played for eight teams; his longest tenure with one team was with the Chicago Cubs, with whom he spent his first eight seasons. He was known as an intimidating figure on the pitcher's mound at 6 feet, 6 inches and 265 pounds with a 95 mile per hour fastball.[1] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Early life and career

Lee Smith was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Buck O'Neil takes credit for having scouted him; partly on his recommendation, at age 17 Smith was drafted in the second round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft (28th overall) by the Chicago Cubs.[2] Smith began his professional career as a starting pitcher. In 1978 with the AA minor league Midland Cubs, he was struggling as a starter with an ERA near 6.00, prompting manager Randy Hundley to move him into the bullpen. Smith resisted the move and briefly tried college basketball at Northwestern State University. At the behest of Billy Williams, Smith returned to Midland as a reliever for 1979 and excelled.[1] He was promoted to AAA for 1980 and, with the Major League Cubs struggling to a last place finish, Smith was a September call-up that same season. This article is the current U.S. Collaboration of the Week. ... Buck ONeil during a baseball game John Jordan Buck ONeil (November 13, 1911 – October 6, 2006) was an American first baseman and manager in Negro league baseball, most notably in the Negro American League with the Kansas City Monarchs. ... Professional sports scouts are trained talent evaluators who travel extensively for the purposes of watching athletes play their chosen sports and determining whether their set of skills and talents represent what is needed by the scouts organization. ... A (sports) draft is the process by which professional sports teams select players not contracted to any team, often from colleges or amateur ranks. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-June January 23 - Ralph Kiner is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Draft of players to play in Major League Baseball. ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 19 - Eddie Mathews is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America on 301 of 379 ballots. ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... League Texas League Division South Division Year founded 1972 Major League affiliation Oakland Athletics Home ballpark Citibank Ballpark Previous home ballparks Christensen Stadium City Midland, Texas Current uniform colors blue, orange Previous uniform colors navy blue, red Logo design Division titles League titles 2005 Manager Von Hayes Owner The Midland... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... Cecil Randolph Hundley Jr. ... While the game goes on, a relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen, beyond the outfield fence In baseball, the bullpen is the area where pitchers warm-up before entering a game. ... College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. // The game of basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891. ... The seal of Northwestern State University. ... Billy Leo Williams (born June 15, 1938) is an American former outfielder in Major League Baseball. ... The following are the events of the year 1979 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Al Kaline and Duke Snider are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... The expanded roster in Major League Baseball refers to teams being able to increase the number of available players for each game from 25 players to 40 players on September 1. ...


Chicago

Smith made his major league debut with the Cubs on September 1, 1980 against the Atlanta Braves, coming in relief for starting pitcher Dennis Lamp who had not fared well in the four innings he pitched. Smith pitched one inning, giving up no hits, striking out one and walking two.[3] Smith finished 1980 well for the lowly Cubs and was invited back to the majors for 1981. He was used mostly as a middle relief pitcher. A streak of poor pitching was interrupted by the 1981 Major League Baseball strike and he finished with a respectable ERA of 3.51. September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Al Kaline and Duke Snider are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,21,35,41,42,44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Dennis Patrick Lamp (born September 23, 1952 in Los Angeles, California) is a former middle relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1981 throughout the world. ... In baseball, middle relief pitchers are relief pitchers who commonly pitch in the 6th or 7th innings or in situations where several innings worth of work is required (such as extra innings or when the starter is pulled early in the game). ... The 1981 baseball strike was the fifth work stoppage since 1972. ...


The Cubs' closer for 1981, Dick Tidrow, had a poor season and, in 1982, closing duties were shared by Smith, Willie Hernández and Bill Campbell. Smith pitched well and even started five games from mid-June to early July. In the last start (which was also the last start of his career), Smith picked up his first major league hit by hitting a home run off eventual Hall of Famer, Phil Niekro. Smith managed only two singles for the rest of his career. He saved 17 games for the season and was locked in as the regular closer for the Cubs, a position he held for the next five years. Richard William Tidrow (born May 14, 1947 in San Francisco, California) was a Major League Baseball player for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and New York Mets from 1972 to 1984. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. ... Hernandez pitching for the Tigers Guillermo Hernandez Villanueva (Willie Hernández) (born November 14, 1954 in Aguada, Puerto Rico) is a former relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs (1977-1983), Philadelphia Phillies (End of 1983), and the Detroit Tigers (1984-1989). ... William Richard Campbell (born August 9, 1948 Highland Park, Michigan - ) was a pitcher with a 15 year career from 1973 to 1987. ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... 1970 Topps super card #15 Philip Henry Niekro (born April 1, 1939 in Blaine, Ohio) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... In baseball, a single is the most common type of base hit, accomplished through the act of a batter safely reaching first base by striking the ball and getting to first before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put...


1983 was Smith's breakout year. In early May, Smith had pitched ten games and had yet to give up a run while allowing only three hits and striking out twelve batters. His ERA rose to only 1.85 by the end of May, but he allowed only one run in July and his ERA dropped to 1.15. Smith was selected for his first All-Star Game but did not fare well, surrendering the final two runs in the American League's 13-3 rout. Although the Cubs continued losing, Smith pitched almost equally as well in the second half of the season as he had in the first. He finished with a career-best 1.65 ERA — more than two points below the league average — and a career-best 1.074 WHIP while leading the National League with 29 saves and 56 games finished. He also received a point in the National League Cy Young Award voting and eight points in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In baseball, walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) is a sabermetric measurement of how many baserunners a pitcher is responsible for allowing per inning pitched. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada (until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington) and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ...


The 1984 Cubs were the best team Smith pitched for in his career. In seven of Smith's eight seasons in Chicago, the Cubs failed to win as many as 80 games. In 1984, however, they led the National League with 96 wins -- second only to the Detroit Tigers in the entire majors. While the Cubs finished with the franchise's best record since World War II, Smith compiled his worst ERA of the decade -- although he saved more than 30 games for the first time in his career. In Game 2 of the 1984 NLCS, Smith recorded two outs for the save to put Chicago up 2-0 in the best-of-5 series against San Diego. The Padres easily won Game 3 but Game 4 was tied when Smith started the 8th inning. After a scoreless 8th and a strikeout to start the bottom of the 9th, Smith allowed a single to Tony Gwynn. Steve Garvey followed with a two-run homer to force Game 5. The Cubs led that game in the 7th inning but Smith watched from the bench as the underdog Padres scored four runs and won a trip to the 1984 World Series. The Cubs have still not been to a World Series since 1945 and have not won since 1908. The following are the baseball events of the year 1984 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... In baseball, an out occurs when the defensive team effects any of a number of different events, and the umpire rules a batter or baserunner out. ... Anthony Keith Tony Gwynn (born May 9, 1960 in Los Angeles, California) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball, widely considered one of the best hitters in baseball history. ... The 1984 World Series began on October 9, 1984 and ended October 14. ... The 1945 World Series matched the American League Detroit Tigers against the National League Chicago Cubs. ... The 1908 World Series matched the defending champion Chicago Cubs against the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 1907 Series. ...


1985 was Smith's first big year for piling up strikeouts. After averaging less than eight strikeouts per nine innings in each season prior, that number jumped to 10.32 in 1985. He finished the season with a career-high 112 strikeouts in only 97.2 innings. The Cubs were in first place until a June 13-game losing streak from which they never recovered. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Outfielder Lou Brock and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... In baseball statistics, strikeouts per nine innings  (denoted by SO/9) is a measure of the strikeout ability of a pitcher; calculated as the number of strikeouts obtained for every nine innings pitched: (9 x number of strikeouts) / (innings pitched). ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ...


Smith saved more than 30 games while the Cubs had a losing record in 1985, 1986 and 1987. In 1987, Smith was on pace for his first 40-save season. While he finished short of 40, he was chosen for his second All-Star Game. When the midsummer classic went into extra innings, Smith pitched the 10th, 11th and 12th innings, striking out four and getting credit for the win when the National League scored the only two runs of the game in the 13th. Extra innings is the procedure by which a tie is broken in the sport of baseball. ... In baseball, a pitcher is credited with a win (or W) when, in a game won by his team, he is the teams pitcher at the time that his team takes a lead that it does not relinquish for the remainder of the game. ...


With his 30th save in 1987, Smith became only the second pitcher, after Dan Quisenberry, to reach the mark in four consecutive seasons. But rumors were swirling about his weight and its effect on his knees and Smith was requesting a trade out of Chicago.[1][4] On December 8, 1987, Smith, the team's career leader in saves, was traded to the Boston Red Sox for pitchers Al Nipper and Calvin Schiraldi. Nipper pitched only 104 more innings in the majors and Schiraldi was out of baseball before age 30. Smith, meanwhile, registered nearly 300 saves after the trade. The trade started him on a journey that included seven teams in eight seasons and that some feel contribute to him not being in the Hall of Fame.[5] Dan Quisenberry autograph on a 1986 Fleer baseball card - 1986 Series, #18 Daniel Raymond Quisenberry (February 7, 1953 – September 30, 1998), nicknamed Quiz, was an American right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Kansas City Royals. ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Albert Samuel Nipper (born April 2, 1959) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and two other teams. ... Calvin Drew Schiraldi (born June 16, 1962 in Houston, Texas) was a Major League Baseball player who pitched for the Boston Red Sox, is best known for being the losing pitcher of Game 6 and Game 7 of the 1986 World Series. ...


Boston

After losing the 1986 World Series in shocking fashion, the Red Sox fell below .500 for 1987.[6] One of the main problems was a bullpen full of pitchers with high ERAs. Smith was brought in to rectify the relief problems. The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship series in Major League Baseball, was a memorable battle between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox which helped to spread the legend of the Curse of the Bambino to mass public awareness. ...


He gave up a game-winning home run in his 1988 opening day Fenway Park debut, but Smith recovered to post his best ERA in five years.[7] The Red Sox had the fortune of being in a weak division: in September, they caught up with Detroit and held off every other team to clinch Smith's second and last trip to the postseason. In Game 2 of the 1988 ALCS against Oakland, Smith came into a crucial tie game but gave up three singles in the 9th inning capped off by Walt Weiss' game-winner.[8] The loss put Boston in an 0-2 series deficit going to Oakland. After Boston lost Game 3, Smith was put in to prevent Oakland from increasing a 2-1 A's lead in Game 4. Instead, he gave up two insurance runs and Oakland finished off the four-game sweep.[9] This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... “Fenway” redirects here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940... The 1988 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven series that pitted the Eastern Division Champion Boston Red Sox against the Western Division Champion Oakland Athletics. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43 Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... Walter William Weiss (born November 28, 1963 in Tuxedo, New York) is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball who played for the Oakland Athletics, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, and Atlanta Braves. ... McAfee Coliseum is a stadium located in Oakland, California, United States that is used for football and baseball games. ... Sweep may be any of the following: Look up Sweep in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Smith's salary rose to over $1.4 million but he followed up his 1988 disappointment with a mediocre 1989, finishing with his worst ERA in five years. For the seventh consecutive season, his number of innings pitched decreased or remained the same. In contrast, he went on a season-long strikeout tear finishing with 12.23 strikeouts per nine innings, nearly two higher than any other season of his career.[10] It was also the last of his four seasons with more than 10 strikeouts per nine innings.[10] 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


At the end of the 1980s, Smith's statistics showed him as one of the best closers of the decade. One of the few that could lay claim to being even better was Jeff Reardon. While Smith had four consecutive 30-save seasons, Reardon finished the decade with five consecutive.[11] Smith saved 234 games by the end of 1989, Reardon had 266. Reardon was even a member of the 1987 World Series winning Minnesota Twins. On December 6, 1989, the Boston Red Sox had both dominating closers on their roster when they signed Reardon as a free agent.[11] Two of the best closers in history were even pitching in games together for Boston for the first month of 1990 with Reardon setting up Smith for a save on April 18 - a game started by a third legendary pitcher, Roger Clemens.[12] The unusual double-closer situation lasted less than a month before Smith was traded to St. Louis for slugging outfielder, Tom Brunansky, on May 4, 1990.[10] Jeffrey James Reardon (born October 1, 1955 in Dalton, Massachusetts) is an American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. ... 1987 World Series Logo The 1987 World Series was played from October 17 to October 25, 1987 between the Minnesota Twins and the St. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-???? Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) A.K.A Clark Griffith Park (1922) A.K.A National Park (III... December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Jim Palmer, a three-time American League Cy Young Award winner, and Joe Morgan, a two-time National League MVP, are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first years of eligibility. ... In baseball, a setup pitcher (or set-up pitcher, sometimes called the setup man) is a relief pitcher who regularly pitches before the closer. ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio), nicknamed The Rocket, is one of the preeminent Major League baseball pitchers of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, and is widely considered to be one of the best pitchers of all time[1]. He has won seven Cy Young Awards... An outfielder moves in to catch a fly ball Outfielder is a collective term including left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder, the three positions in baseball farthest from the batter. ... Thomas Andrew Brunansky (born August 20, 1960 in Covina, California) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1981 to 1994 for the Minnesota Twins, St. ... May 4 is the 124th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (125th in leap years). ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ...


Breaking records in St. Louis

As was the case in Boston, Lee Smith's first game with St. Louis went poorly as he gave up two runs in his only inning. He recovered quickly, registered a 0.00 ERA for the entire month of July, and finished with a 2.10 ERA and 27 saves. The Cardinals, however, were at a low point in 1990, finishing in last place for the only time since 1918. In 1991, St. Louis righted their ship and Smith accumulated saves at a record pace. With his salary roughly doubled to nearly $2.8 million, Smith reached 40 saves for the first time in his career. On September 28, he picked up save number 45 to tie Bruce Sutter's National League record from 1984 (coincidentally, when Sutter and Smith reached 45 saves in their respective seasons, both were ex-Cubs pitching for St. Louis against the Cubs). Smith claimed the league record for himself three days later and finished the season with a career-high 47 saves. One difference for him in 1991 was walks as he surrendered only 1.60 walks per nine innings, by far the best in his career to that point. Smith won his first Rolaids Relief Award, received the most significant consideration for league MVP in his career, and finished second in Cy Young Award voting behind only Tom Glavine who had a breakout season in 1991. The following are the baseball events of the year 1918 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Howard Bruce Sutter (born January 8, 1953 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) (last name is pronounced with a long U, i. ... In baseball statistics, a base on balls (BB), also called a walk, is credited to a batter and against a pitcher when a batter receives four pitches that the umpire calls balls. ... In baseball statistics, walks per nine innings  (denoted by W/9) is a measure of the walks ability of a pitcher; calculated as the number of walks obtained for every nine innings pitched: (9 x number of walks) / (innings pitched). ... Thomas Michael Tom Glavine (born March 25, 1966, Concord, Massachusetts and raised in Billerica, Massachusetts) is a Major League Baseball player for the New York Mets. ...


In the early 1990s, records were falling quickly for closers. Lee Smith's single season National League record was threatened after only a year - by Smith himself. He fell four short of his own record which did fall the following season. In 1992, Smith's former teammate, Jeff Reardon, broke the career saves record held for over a decade by Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers. However, Smith was registering saves at a faster pace than Reardon and by the end of 1992, he was not far behind him. Just two weeks into the 1993 season, Smith passed Reardon with career save number 358. At age 37, Reardon was slowing down and Smith was well in front of him when Reardon retired in 1994. The day after setting the career major league record, he saved his 301st National League game to break that record as well (similarly to the single-season N.L. record, the career N.L. record had been held by Bruce Sutter). Smith had 15 saves in June 1993, the most ever in one month for a pitcher, until he was tied by John Wetteland in June 1996 and Chad Cordero in June 2005.[13] He reached 30 saves in only the 83rd game of the season tying the record set by Bobby Thigpen in 1990 for the earliest any pitcher had reached 30 saves (Éric Gagné broke the record in 2002).[14] While only in August, Smith logged his 40th save for the third consecutive year but his ERA had ballooned to a career-worst 4.50. Also, the Cardinals were ten games behind Philadelphia, seemingly out of contention, and Smith was poised to become a free agent after the season.[15] On August 31, 1993, the Cardinals traded Smith to the Yankees for a career minor leaguer. Smith left the team as their all-time save leader until Jason Isringhausen passed him on June 13, 2006.[16] The following are the baseball events of the year 1992 throughout the world. ... Roland Fingers giving his trademark handlebar moustache a twirl. ... // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ... The following are the events of the year 1994 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Howard Bruce Sutter (born January 8, 1953 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) (last name is pronounced with a long U, i. ... John Karl Wetteland (born August 21, 1966 in San Mateo, California, USA) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, who played as a closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers. ... Chad Cordero (born March 18, 1982 in Upland, California) is a current right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Washington Nationals. ... Robert Thomas Thigpen (born July 17, 1963 in Tallahassee, Florida) is an American former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball noted for setting the major league (and American League) record of 57 saves during the 1990 season. ... Éric Serge Gagné (born January 7, 1976 in Montreal, Québec, Canada), pronounced GAHN-yay, is a right-handed relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,14,20,32,36,42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1883–present) unofficially Philadelphia Blue Jays (1944-1945) Philadelphia Quakers (1882) (Commonly referred to as Blue Jays 1944-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Ballpark Citizens... August 31 is the 243rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (244th in leap years), with 122 days remaining. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Jason Derik Isringhausen (born September 7, 1972 in Brighton, Illinois) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball, and is currently the closer for the St. ... June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Journeyman

The Yankees were just 1½ games behind the Toronto Blue Jays when they acquired Lee Smith and he pitched nearly perfectly for the last month of the season. In eight games, Smith did not allow a single run and picked up three saves and 11 strikeouts. The Yankees as a team, however, were anything but perfect, and Toronto easily pulled away to win the division. Smith's New York career lasted just those eight games as he filed for free agency after the season. He signed with Baltimore for 1994 for $1.5 million plus incentives.[17] In sports, the phrase games behind, often abbreviated as GB in tables, is a common way to reflect the gap between a leading team and another team in a sports league, conference, or division. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Ballpark Rogers Centre (f. ... The following are the events of the year 1994 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ...


At age 36, Smith started 1994 pitching better than ever. In his first 12 games, he had 12 saves and a 0.00 ERA. After nearly two months, his ERA was still under 1.00 and it was still under 2.00 in mid-July. Smith had been selected for the All-Star Game in 1991, 1992 and 1993 but had not played. After his sixth selection in 1994, Smith was brought into the game to hold a two-run lead in the 9th inning. Instead, he gave up a two-run home run to Fred McGriff and the National League lost in ten innings. Smith's bad streak continued for the next several weeks until the 1994 Major League Baseball strike ended the season. He filed for free agency again and signed a two-year contract with the California Angels for over $2.5 million while the strike was still in progress.[1] Frederick Stanley Crime Dog McGriff (born October 31, 1963 in Tampa, Florida) is a left-handed Major League Baseball player who has starred for several teams since the mid-1980s, including the Toronto Blue Jays. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


While Smith had started 1994 in fantastic fashion at age 36, he started 1995 even better at age 37. He registered a save in every appearance from April 28 through all of May and into June. On June 11, he saved his 16th consecutive game to break the major league record set by Doug Jones in 1988.[18] He ran his streak to 19 games before finally blowing a save on June 28 (John Wetteland broke the record the next year by saving 24 straight).[1] After keeping his ERA at 0.00 through the first two months of the season, he was selected to his seventh and last All-Star Game, thereby becoming only the fourth player to be an All-Star for four different teams (after Walker Cooper, George Kell and Rich Gossage).[19] Smith was terrible for the next month pushing his ERA all the way to 5.40. Regardless, the Angels held a double-digit lead in the division and seemed set for the postseason. Instead, California suffered one of the worst collapses in major league history, blowing the entire double-digit lead in less than six weeks. While the rest of the team was reeling, Smith reverted back to his early-season form and pitched fantastically for the last two months, only blowing one save attempt in that span. He finished the season with a good 3.47 ERA (more than a point better than the league average) and 37 saves. April 28 is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 247 days remaining. ... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... Douglas Reid Jones (born June 24, 1957 in Lebanon, Indiana) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who had a 16-year career from 1982, 1986-2000. ... June 28 is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 186 days remaining. ... John Karl Wetteland (born August 21, 1966 in San Mateo, California, USA) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, who played as a closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers. ... William Walker Cooper (January 8, 1915 - April 11, 1991) was a catcher in Major League Baseball. ... George Clyde Kell (born August 23, 1922 in Swifton, Arkansas) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and right-handed batter who played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1943-1946), Detroit Tigers (1947-52), Boston Red Sox (1952-54), Chicago White Sox (1954-56) and Baltimore Orioles (1956-57) in... Richard Michael Goose Gossage (born July 5, 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played 21 seasons for nine different teams before retiring in 1994. ...


For 1996, the Angels replaced Smith in the closer role with second-year pitcher, Troy Percival. After only eight games as a setup pitcher, Smith, who was unhappy in California, was traded to Cincinnati for Chuck McElroy on May 27.[20] He resumed setup duty for the Reds — this time for Jeff Brantley, who was in the midst of his best season — but did not fare as well in his return to the National League. His ERA was nearly as high as the league average, his strikeout rate was the lowest in 15 years, and the Reds granted him free agency after the season. The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... Troy Eugene Percival (born August 9, 1969 in Fontana, California) is a Major League Baseball closer who is under contract with the Detroit Tigers. ... Charles Dwayne McElroy Sr. ... May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... Jeffery Hoke Brantley (born September 5, 1963 Florence, AL - ) was a pitcher with a 14 year career from 1988 to 2001. ...


He was picked up by the Montreal Expos for 1997 for only $400,000, but pitched terribly. His last game of the season was two good innings during extra innings of an all-Canada interleague game (sometimes called the Pearson Cup) won by Toronto on July 2. It turned out to be the last game of his major league career. On July 15, 1997, Lee Smith announced his retirement.[1] The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Interleague Play Logo Interleague play is the term used to describe regular season Major League Baseball games played with teams in different leagues, introduced in 1997. ... The Pearson Cup was an annual mid-season baseball event, named after former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, between the Toronto Blue Jays and the former Montreal Expos. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Ballpark Rogers Centre (f. ... July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 182 days remaining. ... July 15 is the 196th day (197th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 169 days remaining. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


After posting career-worsts in ERA (5.82), hits per nine innings (11.63) and several other statistics, and then announcing his retirement in mid-July, the Expos released him on September 25, 1997. Regardless, the Kansas City Royals invited him to spring training for 1998. When he refused to start the season in the minor leagues, the Royals released him. Later in 1998, he signed a minor league deal with the Houston Astros but, with an ERA near 7.00 at AAA, he eventually retired again.[1] In baseball statistics, hits per nine innings (denoted by H/9) is the average number of hits allowed by a pitcher in a nine inning period; calculated as: (hits allowed x 9) / innings pitched. ... September 25 is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5,10,20,42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ... Astros redirects here, for other uses see Astros (disambiguation) Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24,25,32,33,34,40,49,42 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ...


Career

Career Statistics:
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G GS Wins Losses ERA GF SV IP Hits ER HR BB K WHIP
1022 6 71 92 3.03 802 478 1289.3 1133 434 89 486 1251 1.256

In baseball statistics, games played (denoted by G) indicates the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity). ... In baseball statistics, games started (denoted by GS) is credited to a pitcher who throws the very first pitch to the opposing team of a single game. ... In baseball, a pitcher is credited with a win (or W) when, in a game won by his team, he is the teams pitcher at the time that his team takes a lead that it does not relinquish for the remainder of the game. ... In Major League Baseball, a loss (denoted L) is charged to the pitcher of the losing team who allows the run that gives the opposing team the lead which the game is won with (the go-ahead run). ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... In baseball statistics, a relief pitcher is credited with a game finished (denoted by GF) if he is the last pitcher to pitch for his team in a game. ... To save in a sport means to stop a goal or to maintain the lead. ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... In baseball, an earned run is any run for which the pitcher is held accountable (i. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball statistics, a base on balls (BB), also called a walk, is credited to a batter and against a pitcher when a batter receives four pitches that the umpire calls balls. ... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... In baseball, walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) is a sabermetric measurement of how many baserunners a pitcher is responsible for allowing per inning pitched. ...

Post-retirement

Two years after his retirement in 1998, Smith went to work as a roving minor league pitching instructor for the San Francisco Giants. A former teammate, Dick Tidrow, and the manager of the Double-A Shreveport Captains, Jack Hiatt, offered the job to Smith, who gladly agreed, since it was right in his hometown.[4] 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,4,11,24,27,30,36,42,44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Troy Union Cities / Trojans (1879-1882) Ballpark AT&T Park... Richard William Tidrow (born May 14, 1947 in San Francisco, California) was a Major League Baseball player for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and New York Mets from 1972 to 1984. ... The Shreveport Sports Baseball Club is a professional minor league baseball team based in Shreveport, Louisiana that plays in the American Association. ...


In the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Smith served as the pitching coach of the South Africa national baseball team which was given 20,000 to 1 odds of winning the tournament.[21] So far this summer, Smith participated as a coach in the second annual European Baseball Academy for Major League Baseball International in Tirrenia, Italy. The Academy provides instruction to young players from Europe and Africa, several of which have signed professional contracts.[22] The 2006 World Baseball Classic was the inaugural tournament between national baseball teams that included players from Major League Baseball. ... The South African National Baseball team is the team that represents the Republic of South Africa in international baseball competitions such as the World Baseball Classic. ... This article belongs in one or more categories. ... This article is very long. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ...


Lee Smith became the father of twins, Nicholas and Alana, in mid-2003. He also has three children from a previous marriage, Nikita (born c. 1987), Lee Jr. (born c. 1989) and Dimitri (born c. 1993).[4]


Hall of Fame

There has been much speculation about Lee Smith's chances of becoming a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame specifically, as well as the criteria for relief pitchers and closers in general. Only Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley and Bruce Sutter have been inducted into the Hall of Fame based primarily on their relief pitching and only Sutter has been inducted with fewer starting appearances than Smith.[23] Wilhelm and Eckersley each started more than 50 games in their careers and Fingers started 37. Sutter never started in his career and Smith started only six games, none in his last 15 seasons. James Hoyt Wilhelm (July 26, 1922 in Huntersville, North Carolina - August 23, 2002 in Sarasota, Florida) was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Roland Fingers giving his trademark handlebar moustache a twirl. ... Dennis Lee Eckersley (born October 3, 1954 in Oakland, California), nicknamed Eck, was a Major League Baseball player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 (his first year of eligibility). ... Howard Bruce Sutter (born January 8, 1953 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) (last name is pronounced with a long U, i. ...


On July 30, 2006, at Bruce Sutter's induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Smith talked with reporters about his current situation regarding getting into the Hall of Fame. Like many others, Smith is himself puzzled as to why he has not yet been selected into the Hall of Fame. "This confuses the hell out of me. But I've always been baffled by it."[24] July 30 is the 211th day (212th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 154 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Howard Bruce Sutter (born January 8, 1953 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) (last name is pronounced with a long U, i. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related...


Hall of Fame voting

To be eligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, a candidate needs at least one vote on 75% of the total ballots casted by the Baseball Writers Association of America. However, if the candidate receives less than 5%, that would end eligibility for future Hall of Fame balloting consideration. Smith was first eligible for the ballot five years after he retired, and is granted to be on the ballot for up to fifteen years, or up to the time of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Lee Smith's results in the voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... official logo The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) is a professional association for baseball journalists writing for daily newspapers and magazines. ...

Year Votes Percent
2007 217 40%
2006 234 45%
2005 200 39%
2004 185 37%
2003 210 42%

The 2007 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame are proceeding according to revised rules enacted in 2001. ... The 2006 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame proceeded in keeping with rules enacted in 2001, augmented by a special election; the result was the largest class of inductees (18) in the Halls history, including the first woman ever elected. ... The 2005 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame proceeded in keeping with rules enacted in 2001. ... The 2004 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame proceeded in keeping with rules enacted in 2001. ... The 2003 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame proceeded in keeping with rules enacted in 2001. ...

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Preceded by
John Franco
National League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year
1991 & 1992
Succeeded by
Randy Myers
Preceded by
Jeff Montgomery
American League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year
1994
Succeeded by
José Mesa
Persondata
NAME Smith, Lee
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Major League Baseball relief pitcher; once had record for number of career saves
DATE OF BIRTH December 4, 1957
PLACE OF BIRTH Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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Lee Smith | The BASEBALL Page (616 words)
Lee Smith saved 15 games in June of 1993, to set a ML record for saves in one month.
Smith never played in a World Series and in four post-season games he was battered for a 8.49 ERA and two defeats.
Lee Smith started his career in the days of two-inning closers and later helped usher in the one-batter closer that became the vogue in the 1990s.
Lee Smith (baseball) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (184 words)
Lee Arthur Smith (born December 4, 1957 in Shreveport, Louisiana) was a closer in Major League Baseball.
Smith played for eight teams during his 18-year career and retired as the all-time leader with 478 saves.
This biographical article relating to a baseball pitcher is a stub.
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